LHOLA AMIRA – LOOKING FOR GHANA & THE RED SUITCASE
As Lhola Amira approaches center stage − amongst a medley of sculptors, painters and photographers all of whom have had their practice inseparably preceded by the term ‘African’ − she disputes and rejects this simultaneously sparse and generalised description. In her signature fusion of politics, economics and arts, Lhola Amira has developed Looking for Ghana & The Red Suitcase as the first of many more physical investigations into assumptions, contradictions and associations placed on contemporary definitions of Africa. The project, described by the artist as ‘Looking for ‘Africa’ in ‘Africa’, engages with contemporary discourses around decolonisation, nationality, gender, sexuality and race.
Lhola Amira worked with Ghanaian photographer, Francis Kokoroko and filmmaker; Wanlov Kubolor to produce a body of work that took place in Ghana − but left residues that could be exhibited in South Africa and elsewhere. This exhibition presents a selection of photographs, an installation and a video piece that are all rooted in this recent project in Ghana. The project saw the artist engaging with local and current issues through a number of appearances and interactions.
This exhibition presents a selection of photographs, an installation and a video piece that are all rooted in this recent project in Ghana. The project saw the artist engaging with local and current issues through a number of appearances and interactions. Lhola Amira remained a visitor during her time in Ghana, seeing and experiencing only a small collection of lifestyles possible in the country. Looking for Ghana & The Red Suitcase should not be seen as a summary of an entire country; Lhola Amira intentionally highlights the inadequate borders and geographical divisions that continue to enforce colonialism in Africa.
Looking for Ghana & The Red Suitcase runs from February 4 to April 1, 2017 at the Smac Gallery.
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